Contagions and Non-Human Animals: (Re)Viewing Disregarded Species in Real and Imagined Pandemics

deadline for submissions: 
July 28, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
St. Thomas University
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Contagions and Non-Human Animals: (Re)Viewing Disregarded Species in Real and Imagined Pandemics

The impact of COVID-19 and the threat that it poses to future human experiences has been well-documented in news reports during the past few months. However, now that non-human animals are possible carriers and becoming infected, their experiences, while often overlooked, are nevertheless integrated into the worldwide pandemic.

Thus, this collection seeks to balance essays about non-human animals during real-world pandemics, such as the COVID-19 one, with those of their experiences during literary or cinematic ones. The scope of this call for papers is broad and can include topics such as:

--Animals as victims of contagions

-Animals as vilified virus carriers

--Differences between wild animal and companion animal experiences

--How animals and humans are treated differently in the media during COVID-19

--How animals’ futures may change due to the current pandemic

 

Essays should be 5,000 to 7,000 words.

Abstracts are due by July 28, 2020

First drafts are due by November 1, 2020.

Please send abstracts and a brief bio to Rachel L. Carazo at rachel.carazo@snhu.edu